Greenfield’s new postmaster has issued a plea for patience from his customers after picking up the mail reins from Mandy Gorey.
Mohammed Abid is settling in behind the counter after the Post Office transferred from Chew Valley Road into Greenfield Newsagents on the same village high street.
But it’s Mohammed’s first venture into the postal business and now with only one designated counter, regulars are also having to adjust to the changes.
“I have done the training and I am getting used to what is expected,” said Mohammed, who commutes daily into Saddleworth from Huddersfield.
“We have only been open just over three weeks and there are still one or two things that are new.
“I can ring the Post Office hotline for help and I am sure it won’t be long before I get to know everything that is required.
“The majority of people have been great and glad to see there is still a Post Office in Greenfield.
“But there have been one or two people who have complained about having to wait.
“With Christmas coming up, we are starting to get busier but we will make sure everyone gets served as quickly as possible.”
One satisfied customer gave his seal of approval to Mohammed and shop assistant, Waqar, when the Independent visited.
“Put it in from me, he’s doing a great job,” said the man.
“That was nice to hear,” added Mohammed. “And we really appreciated getting a ‘good luck’ card from Mandy.”
The new branch will be open from 5am to 6pm on Monday to Friday, on Saturday from 5am-3pm, and on Sunday from 5am-1pm.
Meanwhile, Mandy Gorey has taken her final delivery as Greenfield’s popular sub postmistress.
To mark Mandy’s contribution to village life and her work at the Chew Valley Road post office, a ‘thank you’ night was held at Boarshurst Band Club.
Close friends and colleagues attended the ‘do’ as well as members of the Greenfield and Grasscroft Residents’ Association and Street Scene, Greenfield.
GGRA chairman, Dr Andrew Taylor (left), and Street Scene’s Peter Lowe presented Mandy with flowers and gift vouchers, pictured above.
The evening was rounded off with a curry supper provided courtesy of Band Club secretary, Linda Finnan, and Andrea Lowe.